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StateVote 2012: Initiative and Referendum Preview
September 26, 2012
1 p.m. ET/ Noon CT/ 11:00 a.m. MT/ 10 a.m. PT
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Americans in several states will decide the fate of key ballot issues during November’s election. Whether issues are put on the ballot by state legislatures or the people, our initiative and referendum expert analyzes the key issues to watch and what bold policy developments could be made on election day.
Jennie Drage Bowser is a senior fellow in the Legislative Management Program at NCSL, where she directs election programs, focusing on elections administration, initiative and referendum, campaign finance reform, and term limits. She’s authored numerous magazine articles and staffed NCSL's Initiative & Referendum Reform and Elections Reform Task Forces. She speaks frequently to legislatures and other groups, and is a trusted source for the media. Before coming to NCSL, she taught English as a second language at the Universities of Colorado and Kansas, and worked for Leadership Center of the Americas, which provides leadership and democratic skills training for Latin American and Caribbean college students. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science and Latin American studies and a master's degree in linguistics, both from the University of Kansas.
Gene Rose is executive vice president of the strategic communications firm Marmillion + Company, where he assists clients with his experience as a national media director, video producer, speechwriter and journalist. He began his career as a reporter for newspapers in Michigan and Missouri. Following that, he spent nearly 15 years with the Missouri House of Representatives, where he led the legislative chamber’s public information activities. He later directed the National Conference of State Legislatures Communications Division. Members of the National Association of Government Communicators elected Rose to a two-year term as president in 2006. He’s been recognized for writing, video, speech writing and video awards by the National Newspaper Association, the Missouri Press Association, the National Association of Government Communicators and the Telly Awards.
NCSL's Ballot Measures Database
Overview of the Initiative Process
List of Initiative States
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